Steep Canyon Rangers have signed with Rounder Records and plan to release their first album for the label in 2011. The North Carolina-based band gained mainstream attention after comic, actor and author Steve Martin chose them as his touring band following the release of his 2009 Rounder album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo. Steep Canyon Rangers released their previous four albums on another independent label, Rebel Records. The band will tour again with Martin in 2011 to support a collaborative album set for release in March. The project will include guest appearances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks.